Beer: delicious. Cheese: delicious. What’s the best thing to do with two delicious items? Combine them of course! Beer cheese is a Kentucky favorite, and can be turned into soup, fondue, dip, and sauce.
There is not one clear story for who invented beer cheese, but it appears to have first been served at the restaurant “Johnny Allman’s” in Clark County, Kentucky. Joe Allman, the owner, credited his cousin Joe Allman with creating the spread. Joe was a chef in Phoenix, Arizona, and his southwestern influence is probably why the dish is spicy.
Do you want to try to make some beer cheese yourself? Check out this Kentucky Beer Cheese Spread recipe from allrecipes.com!
Kentucky Beer Cheese Spread
- 1 cup beer (Any type)
- 1 pound extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
- Pour beer into a bowl and whisk until beer loses its carbonation, about 30 seconds. Set aside.
- Place shredded cheese into the work bowl of a food processor; add garlic, dry mustard powder, black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, salt, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and flat beer.
- Process until smooth and creamy, pulsing a few times, scraping the sides, and blending for about 2 total minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning. If adding more seasoning, pulse a few times to mix.
- Transfer cheese spread to a bowl and sprinkle with a pinch of cayenne pepper. Spread tastes best when refrigerated overnight to blend flavors, but it can be served right away if needed.
And just like that you have your own beer cheese spread! If you want to try to make beer cheese, come on down to Julio’s Liquors. You can get many of the ingredients needed for this recipe, especially the beer. Also be sure to check out our blog for other fun recipes and drinking tips!